MARY POPPINS RETURNS
2018, Walt Disney Studios, 130 min, Dir: Rob Marshall

Set in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written), this all-new musical and sequel follows the next generation of the Banks family and their practically perfect nanny. Michael (Ben Whishaw) is now a grown man with three children of his own and a temporary job with the same financial institution that employed his father. With the tough economic times and the recent death of Michael’s wife, the Banks home is in a constant state of chaos and the children are burdened with far too many adult responsibilities. Sending the already frazzled Michael into a further tailspin is the news that foreclosure proceedings have begun on the house. Fortunately, the wind begins to change as Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) enters their lives once again to take the Banks family on a series of whimsical adventures and bring life, love and laughter back into their home. Co-starring Julie Walters, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dick Van Dyke.


A QUIET PLACE
2018, Paramount, 90 min, USA, Dir: John Krasinski

John Krasinski directed, co-wrote and stars in this unsettling and original thriller. In the near future, the human population has been decimated by creatures of unknown origin - they can’t see but their hearing is extraordinarily sensitive. Engineer Lee (Krasinski), his doctor wife, Evelyn (Emily Blunt), and their kids struggle to survive day to day while making as little noise as possible in an effort to avoid alerting the creatures to their presence. Under Krasinski’s exquisitely controlled direction and mastery of sound design, the result is one of the scariest and most emotionally involving horror films ever made, a new classic of the genre.


THE WIND RISES
KAZE TACHINU
2013, Disney, 126 min, Japan, Dir: Hayao Miyazaki

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s final film is a typically glorious animated affair, a celebration of art, science, and the impulse to create. Based on Miyazaki’s own manga, it tells the true story of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of two famous aircraft used by Japan during World War II. The film has already won dozens of critics’ and film festival awards, and is a fitting finale to a triumphant career. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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